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Grade 4 Field Trips Grade 4 Field Trips: The fourth grade was fortunate enough to go on two field trips this year to help end an amazing school year. The first field trip was to Cortland Repertory theater to see Wizard of Wonderland: Dorothy Meets Alice . The play was funny and enjoyed by all the students. We would like to give a huge thank you to the PTO for the funds they provided and Mr. McCall for providing a bus.   The second field trip was to the Cortland County fairgrounds for the Ag-Stravaganza. The trip was a learning experience for all the students. They learned about the various animals, resources, and technology used for farming in Cortland county.  Again thank you to Mr. McCall for providing the bus and Cornell Cooperative Extension for inviting us to the event. ~Mrs. Frink, Ms. Keiser, ...
Using Google Apps Using Google Apps: Google has many different apps that students at the elementary can use. Students with writing difficulties have benefitted from using Google Docs with voice typing options. This has allowed students to express their ideas even if they have difficulty with spelling or the physical aspect of writing. Google Forms can be used to create a variety of assessments, such as spelling tests. Pictured below is a student taking a modified spelling test created on Google Forms. His spelling test was able to be modified with multiple choice questions where he would choose the correct spelling, or short answer questions where he was given the letters of a spelling word that were mixed up and he had to spell it correctly. Taking spelling tests in this format helped him to stay engaged since it involved ...
Senior Trip Senior Trip:   On June 8-10, students from the senior class traveled to Cleveland, OH for the annual senior trip. Students spent Friday at Kalahari, Ohio’s largest indoor waterpark, where they had a blast on water slides like the “Zimbabwe Zipper,” the “Serengeti Sidewinder,” and the “Extreme Rush.” On Saturday, students visited the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. At the zoo, students fed giraffes, watched an African elephant crossing, visited the Rain Forest, and viewed more than 600 different plant and animal species. On Saturday evening, the students engaged in some friendly competition between each other and their chaperones as they played indoor glow-in-the-dark laser tag and whirlyball, a game that combines bumper cars, lacrosse, and basketball into ...
Ready, Set, Action! Ready, Set, Action!: Fourth Grade students read the play “Divided Loyalties” during their ELA/SS block.  They learned about the turmoil of the American Revolution and what it meant to take sides as a Patriot or a Loyalist.    Mrs. Turshman Mrs. Frink Mrs. Keiser Mrs. O’Donnell  
Golf Team Golf Team: The McGraw Golf Team finished their season 4-5 in the CCL and 4-7 overall.  We had a young team this year and showed improvement throughout the season with several players achieving personal best during their matches.  Caleb Knickerbocker qualified for sectional play and as a First team league all-star.  Tristin McGuinness was selected to the second team and Sam Parks and Brent Thomas were Honorable mentions.  The team embodied the concept of golfing.  They helped knickerbocker golf course with spring raking, weathered the cold during practice, and enjoyed each other's company on the course and after the round sitting on the porch.  ~Coach Seamans        ...
OCM BOCES 2018 CTE Alumni Hall of Fame OCM BOCES 2018 CTE Alumni Hall of Fame: McGraw High School Principal, Mark Dimorier, was honored at the OCM BOCES McEvoy Center Career and Technical Education Class of 2018 Certificate and Awards Ceremony.  He was Inducted in the the CTE Alumni Hall of Fame.  Mr. Dimorier used the skills he learned in the OCM CTE Building Trades Program to build his own home, remodel his wife's salons, and help countless friends and family with home improvements.  He continued his education and ultimately returned to McGraw School as a teacher and then principal.  In his acceptance speech, Mr. Dimorier told the graduates that they should become honorable people.  Mr. Dimorier lives by example and McGraw School District is extremely proud to have him as part of the Administrative Team that leads our children to success.  ...
Elementary Field Day Practice Elementary Field Day Practice: Elementary students are getting ready for the 48th annual Field Day on Thursday, June 7th.  They been preparing for the Field Day for the last month in Physical Education Class.    
2018 PEB Student of the Year - Abi Maricle 2018 PEB Student of the Year - Abi Maricle: Abigail Maricle was awarded the 2018 PEB (Partners for Education and Business, Inc.) Student of the Year  at a ceremony held on June 5, 2018 at LeMoyne College. e i McGraw High School Principal, Mark Dimorier, and Superintendent, Melinda McCool were on hand to congratulate Abi on this great honor.  Abi is known to her teachers as a diligent and serious student. She has an obvious career focus and approaches every assignment or task as a step along her chosen career path, a rare quality in a student in high school.  She quietly but confidently earns the respect of her peers while remaining a friendly and accessible classmate.  Abi continues to show the desire and the ability to work effectively with all students and has the capacity to organize projects, ...
"The Calming Queen" visits 3rd Grade: This year’s third grade class began participating in the New York State ELA Assessments in April. To assist our third graders and calm any testing jitters, “The Calming Queen” came to visit. She facilitated a meditation exercise to better organize our thoughts, calm our bodies, and help to focus our minds so that they could tackle that day’s tasks with confidence and ease. Thank you, Mrs. Friedman!    
Student Council Field Trip Student Council Field Trip: The members of Student Council took a field trip to Greek Peak last Friday to do some project adventure team building. The group learned a lot about cooperation, communication, and teamwork through the various activities.  They also got to enjoy trying out the zip lines, mountain coaster, and euro bungee! A great time was had by all!     
2018 Prom Royalty 2018 Prom Royalty: We are honored to announce our 2018 King and Queen of the Prom “Paris at Night” Sam Parks and Brianna Cook and our 2018 Prince and Princess Chris Pickert and Mia Underwood.  It was a beautiful and memorable evening with fun had by all.  We would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all of the churches, businesses, agencies, and individuals who donated to our after-prom party.  It was through your generosity that we were able to offer this wonderful opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime.  ~Mrs. Harriger and Miss Neusell  
Teacher of the Year Teacher of the Year: Brooke Langford is the recipient of the 2018 Cortland Rotary Lavona Schneider Teacher of the Year for McGraw Central School District. She was honored at a special Rotary Luncheon Meeting on May 22, 2018 and was presented a certificate and a $100 stipend for enhancing instruction in her classroom.   To win the award, the recipient must exemplify the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.”                           (1) Demonstrates teaching excellence and commitment in the classroom;                           (2) Engages in ...
Critical Coding Critical Coding:   Fifth grade math enrichment students work together and problem solve the coding necessary to finish an activity in the "Critical Thinking Through Coding" curriculum created by CNYRIC using Spheros and Cubelets.
Grade 2 Published Authors Grade 2 Published Authors:   McGraw 2 nd graders in Mrs. Rolewicz’s classroom know what it takes to become published authors!  Together, with the help of their teachers, students created a story that officially turned into a published book.  Students collaborated and worked together right down to the smallest details.  First, they brainstormed ideas and came up with a topic and theme for their story.  Then, they developed characters, a setting, a problem, and a solution that shaped their one-of- a- kind story.  This story was very important to them as it is based around bullying awareness.  The story takes place in a candy land world full of delicious characters that work together to stand up for one another against bullying.  ...
Cubelets Cubelets: Students enjoy coding with cubelets during their 4th grade math enrichment time at the library.
Spring Elementary Concerts Spring Elementary Concerts: Our Spring Elementary Concerts are rapidly approaching! The concert for grades 3-5 is on Wednesday, May 16. The concert for grades 1-2 is on Tuesday, May 29, the day after Memorial Day. Both concerts are at 7 pm at the High School Auditorium.     The students in third, fourth, and fifth grades are working on Songs for Working Together. These include songs for unity, songs for friendship, and traditional work songs. Students in grades one and two are learning songs from “It’s a Hit!”, a short musical about working together on a team and keeping focused no matter what the situation may be. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the performances!
Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet: The ninth graders are currently reading  Romeo and Juliet . Class volunteers step up to perform the famous balcony scene where the young couple first profess their love for one another.    
Second Annual 5th Grade Career Day Second Annual 5th Grade Career Day: On Thursday April 19, 2018, the 5 th grade class hosted their second annual Career Day.  Presenters from around the community came to the elementary to talk with the students about their career and life experiences that helped them chose a career path.  Nine people came in to present and students were able to attend three presentations each.  There were eight career fields represented:  Farm/Agriculture, Coach/Athlete, Computer/Information Technology, Veterinarian, Environment, Automotive/Transportation, Law Enforcement, and Factory/Manufacturing.  The students did a wonderful job and were very engaged with all of the presenters.  The presenters all commented about what a wonderful time they ...
Landscapes Landscapes: In art class, first grade students learn the meaning of "foreground," "middleground," and "background" creating landscapes.  The students then created their own landscapes noting that things get bigger the closer they are, and things get smaller the further away they are.    
Spheros Spheros: Third grade students spend their recess mastering the spheros by completing their missions!

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Melinda McCool, Superintendent
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McGraw, NY 13101
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